Kenneth Karl, Norfolk, England Member Since July 2012 Artist Statement Kennth L. Karl
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in 1941. I currently live in Norfolk, England with my wife Rosemary. At age seventeen I began an airforce career. After I retired from the service, I taught flight instruction and aviation maintenance for fourteen years, then followed with twenty plus years working overseas.
I first became aware of my passion for painting at age nine when I started using a painting by numbers art set. The magic of intermixing the paints and the thrill is what I found so beautiful. This awakened in me the need to express myself through painting which I think will always be with me.
Although I have not had any formal art training I have spent my whole life teaching myself to paint. Through the early years I painted what captured my attention and taught myself to recreate what I was seeing. I always loved the feeling of working with oils so I primarily use this medium.
Realism is the style in which I like to paint. Lately I have found that I’ve been influenced by artists that paint a painterly manner. They are artists that I really admire, they include; Richard Schmid, Carolyn Anderson, Rich Howel and Nicolas Trudgain. These along with references from the internet have continued to answer many of my questions and improve my understanding of art and my painting methods.
I am currently interested in painting English villages and the countryside in Norfolk. Change is all around us and I want to capture some of the old cottages in a series that will depict their elegance and craftsmanship. In addition, I also love to capture the startling strength of our military aircraft. A mix of machine and atmosphere is what I strive to create.